SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar receives The Bengal’s Pride Award for service to art and culture

12 June 2018
Sahana Bajpaie Bengal award

Sahana Bajpaie, Senior Teaching Fellow in Bengali, at SOAS University of London has been awarded the Bengal’s Pride Award for her contribution to arts and culture with Tagore songs and folk music.

The inaugural Bengal’s Pride Awards took place on 6 June 2018 at Churchill Hall in The House of Commons and was hosted by Asian Business Publications Limited. With half a million Bengalis living in London alone, the award aims to recognise the excellence of global Bengalis and their descendants in across the world.

There were multiple categories and other award recipients were recognised for their contribution to business, counter-terrorism, food, community work, healthcare and much more.

In an interview with, Sahana Bajpaie said: “Now the country that I live and work in has recognised the work I do, and that is a true honour… I would like to keep on doing the work I do with diligence and honesty.”

In a written message to the winners, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The Bengali community should be proud of what they have achieved over the years. The breadth of the awards being celebrated today is a testament to the positive impact the group has had, both here in the UK and across the world.” 

Sahana Bajpaie award

Sahana Bajpaie is a professional singer of Rabindrasangeet (Songs of Rabindranath Tagore) and Bengali folk songs and has performed across the world. In September 2018 she will begin work on a PhD in Ethnomusicology funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.